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Richard Osborn

Richard Osborn first came to the guitar from the world of classical piano, as a result of civil rights movement and the folk music revival growing in strength in the early 1960's. At the same time, he discovered the traditions of world music, and became a passionate and lifelong fan of the great master of the sarode, Ali Akbar Khan.

Rich then studied and performed with legendary pioneer of the acoustic steel-string guitar, Robbie Basho, in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Basho had himself actually studied with the Indian master musician, Ali Akbar Khan. Basho, more even than his friend and founder of Takoma records John Fahey, had transformed the landscape of the acoustic steel-string by blowing away the boundaries, and opening it up to the influence of world music traditions from India, the Near East and Japan. In the mid-1970's, Richard took over 3 years off to delve into the technique and repertoire of classical guitar.

Then, around 1980, a catastrophic injury to his left hand rendered him unable to play the guitar at all. For almost 20 years, he channeled his creative energies into painting. Around 1995, he discovered that he was beginning to have the strength in his left hand to play the guitar again. It felt like a joyous homecoming. By 2005, he had returned "full-bore" to the acoustic steel string and began again to explore the possibilities of the "free raga style" first created by Robbie Basho.

In 2010, Rich Osborn was invited to include a cut on the survey album "Beyond Berkeley Guitar" on the Tompkins Square label. That album showcased current guitarists who are influenced by the great Berkeley innovators, Basho and Fahey. But, alone among the youngsters on that album, Rich had actually performed with Basho in the early 1970's, before Basho's untimely death in 1986. Rich's lengthy cut "A Dream of Distant Summer" attracted a lot of attention from reviewers.

Now, Rich is glad to bring out his first album of solo guitar instrumentals, "Giving Voice: Guitar Exlorations". He works in a raga style that is mostly improvised, and invites the listener to go along with him on these voyages of exploration of places in the heart and soul.